UK: Boris Johnson Denies Plan to Launch Bid for PM
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, has denied reports that he is secretly planning to launch a campaign to become the UK’s Prime Minister. The story began circulating after current Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her conservative party lost her parliamentary majority in the UK’s general election on Thursday.
Responding to an article published by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper claiming that he is secretly plotting to overthrow May, Johnson retaliated by tweeting:
“Mail on Sunday tripe – I am backing Theresa may. Let’s get on with the job [sic].”.
However, many other news sources have suggested that a move for Prime Minister by Johnson is not that far-fetched. The media has implied that the newly leaked WhatsApp messages between Johnson and other Conservative Party members show his intense support of May, seem a bit too enthusiastic to be genuine.
“We must not allow the media to spread mischief not least because the public are fed up to the back teeth of politics and politicians, and they certainly DO NOT want another election,” one of Johnson’s messages read.
In another message, he called for the Conservative Party to avoid getting riled up about the election results.
“Folks we need to calm down and get behind the prime minister,” he said.
Even some MP’s in the Conservative Party believe that Johnson is only supporting May for his own gain.
“He is keeping her in place until he is better placed to remove her,” one Conservative Party MP was quoted as saying.
Johnson, the former Mayor of London, ran for Prime Minister in 2016, but was spectacularly blindsided by his former ally, Michael Gove.